Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Cairngorms National Park and Monadhliath. Also includes the Ben Alder area hills between Loch Ericht and Loch Laggan.

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Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Sunday 24th January 2021
Last updated Saturday 23rd January 2021 at 2:19 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Scotland: Scattering of snow showers in the west, mainly coastal hills, but for most areas dry, cold and mostly sunny. Towards dusk, risk of zone of more persistent snow moving inland from west coast. England and Wales: Areas of snow across Wales will gradually ease away in afternoon. Mostly fine elsewhere with little wind.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Mostly fine and sunny with hills clear. Risk snow showers later in day.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly 10 to locally 20mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Small.

How Wet?

Mostly dry

Mostly dry, but a few snow flurries possible here and there. Risk of some snow showers moving in from the west for an hour or so after dusk.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly very little

Mostly only fragments of cloud on higher slopes, with good breaks. However, if snow occurs later in the day, forming extensively and quickly below 700m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

90%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Frequent sun and very clear air. If snow arrives late in day, visibility will become very poor.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-5C

Freezing Level

Terrain widely frozen.

Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Monday 25th January 2021
Last updated Saturday 23rd January 2021 at 2:19 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northwesterly 15 to 25mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Fairly small, but marked wind chill in exposure on higher terrain.

How Wet?

Often dry

A few flurries or brief showers of snow or briefly hail.

Cloud on the hills?

May linger northern Cairngorms

Cloud banks covering some higher slopes for several hours, particularly northern Cairngorms where may persist. Otherwise, some breaks likely at times to higher tops.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Frequent sun. Very clear air.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-4C

Freezing Level

Most terrain staying at least part-frozen into glens following a hard frost.

Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Tuesday 26th January 2021
Last updated Saturday 23rd January 2021 at 2:19 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly 15 to 25mph at dawn, soon dropping out for several hours, later southerly 15mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly small, but considerable wind chill at first.

How Wet?

Dry for much of day, risk snow after dusk.

Dry of much of the day, but risk of snow setting in after dusk from the southwest.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly clear, later extensive if snow arrives.

Hills mostly clear, bar a few ragged patches some tops and here and there on lower slopes too. However, becoming extensive later should snow develop.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Periods of sunshine from dawn, but cloud increasing from the west through the day. Visibility excellent, but later very poor should snow develop.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-4C

Freezing Level

Most terrain staying at least part-frozen into glens following a hard frost.

Planning Outlook

Staying cold into early next week. Mountain terrain widely frozen with snow cover. Overnight frosts into valleys, most significant into Highland glens. Fronts will encroach from the southwest by Tuesday, bringing potentially extensive snowfalls. Temperatures then tending to rise midweek, resulting in freeze and thaw cycles - thawing most marked in Wales, perhaps also northern England, but likely short-lived thawing on the Munros. Wind varied, occasionally up to gale force.